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October 8, 2017

Sermon: Biblical Romance

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Scripture Lesson

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Revelation 19:6-9

Springtime Rhapsody

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out,

‘Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;
to her it has been granted to be clothed
with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Biblical Romance
Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Revelation 19:6-9

I. Introduction: Calvin and Hobbes
II. The Song of Solomon (2:8-13)
     A. Erotic love poetry
     B. In this love song
         1. The boy shows up at the girl’s window (2:9)
         2. She praises his coming (2:8-9)
         3. He invites her out (2:10)
         4. The countryside is in bloom (2:12-13)
     C. “God” or “Lord” is never mentioned
III. How should we understand this material?
     A. Erotic love poetry and doxology
     B. An allegory of Christ and the church (Rev. 19:6-9)
         1. The consummation of all things (19:7)
         2. “Blessed” are those invited (19:9)
     C. Which is it? I prefer both
IV. How should we respond?
     A. Thank God!
         1. For love and what goes with it
         2. For Christ’s love for us
         3. In the future that love will be realized fully
     B. Talk about the joys of love
V. Conclusion: Thomas Aquinas (1225-74)

 

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